Sunday, April 8th, to Tuesday, April 10th, was the 2018 FBLA State Conference. Sixteen New Haven students qualified to attend the State Conference, and fourteen attended. The attendees were seniors Emma Engelbrecht, Natalie Hoerstkamp, Liz Hughes, Michelle Bahena, and Dalton Gerdes. Also in attendance were juniors Julia McIntyre, Joseph Rethemeyer, Martin Lewis, Claire Meyer, Olivia Williams, and Ethan Groner. McKenzie Pecaut was the only sophomore and the two freshman attendees were Casey Baker and Emma McIntyre.
New Haven walked away from the conference medaling in three events-- two of them qualifying for nationals! Juniors Julia McIntyre, Joseph Rethemeyer, and Martin Lewis received 10th place in Sports and Entertainment Management. Receiving 4th place in Hospitality Management, the first national qualifiers, were seniors Emma Engelbrecht, Natalie Hoerstkamp, and Liz Hughes. Natalie Hoerstkamp, the second national qualifier, was awarded 3rd place in public speaking.
All of the state attendees were asked about their experience and if they had any advice for other future competitors.
Senior Michelle Bahena competed in Social Media Campaign and she responded about her experience, “My presentation didn't go well (the computer crashed), but I learned from that experience. I'm going into this field, and having this experience is another form of preparation.”
She continued with a piece of advice: “Do a presentation, they only sound intimidating, but they're actually not bad at all. You learn a lot from them.”
Freshman Casey Baker qualified with two tests in Intro to Business Procedures and Intro to Business Communications and added, “Just go because even if you don't medal, it is a really fun experience.”
Congratulations to all of the state competitors. Good luck, Natalie, Liz, and Emma, at nationals!